Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating our 15th Annual Graduation Celebration! The excitement and energy in the room set the tone, and the stellar speaker-lineup delivered on the wow-factor for the Class of 2021.
Mercedes Krause, Class of 2019 alumna, kicked off the afternoon by welcoming all guests and recognizing the land we were on. She then led a moment of silence in honor of Class of 2015 alumnae, Jennifer Webb-Cook, who very sadly passed away on September 10th. May she rest in peace.
Class of 2014 Alumna and Board Member Kali Fox Miller followed up with her burn-the-house down announcement of her run for Clark County School Board. She took us on a memory walk of Emerge Nevada through the years and shared how the network and alumnae have transformed the landscape of Nevada politics over the last 15-years. She left no doubt that our alumnae will pave the way for all we will accomplish over the next 15 years!
Next up was the Governor’s Chief of Staff and unabashed #HomeMeansNevada former State Senator Yvanna Cancela. She inspired us all with the story of her personal journey, her words of wisdom and a reminder that we are all in this for the right reasons — to advocate for our community and leave the world a better place than we found it, which Yvanna always does.
Finally, just on cue, our beloved and in-demand Congresswoman Dina Titus arrived to her third (or fourth) event of the day to celebrate with us and to congratulate the Class of 2021 and to remind everyone how exciting it will be to see many class members on her ballot in 2022 and in the future.
And with that, the incredible women of the Class of 2021 gathered to begin the graduation program! Alumnae Siria Gutierrez, Class of 2019 and Leisa Mosely, Class of 2010 announced the graduates, and Executive Director Danna Lovell joined Board Members Kelli Kelly, Kristee Watson, and Blanca Ortiz to congratulate and pin each new alumna. The energy of graduates and guests radiated into unforgettable photo ops, video clips and exciting memories.
This special day was made possible by our generous sponsors (see list below) and our amazing volunteers. Thanks to all of you for helping make this event spectacular, we couldn’t have done it without you: Arielle Edwards, Connie Munk, Kristee Watson, and Felice White.
As we begin recruitment for the Class of 2022, we want to once again congratulate the Class of 2021’s successful completion of Emerge Nevada Signature Candidate Training Program!
Help us spread the word and encourage a woman you think should run for office by joining us at one of our Recruitment Salons in Northern Nevada, Southern Nevada, or on Facebook Live!
“The Emerge Class of 2022 will empower you to be the best version of yourself and to lead with integrity, justice, and dedication,” said Denise Lopez, president of the Emerge Nevada Board of Directors. “Our class members are provided with the tools needed to run and win. But the greatest part of our alumnae network are the sisters who will guide and support you on your political journey.”
Emerge Nevada is intentional in the quest to identify, recruit and train Democratic women to run for office. This timeline is most effective when the board, alumnae network, and community collaborate to ask women leaders to apply to train and then run for office. Sometimes a woman needs to be asked several times before envisioning themselves actually running a campaign and then winning. We will keep asking them, will train them, and will support them to run once they decide!
Emerge Nevada is proud to be a sponsor of the Las Vegas March for Reproductive Rights and Justice at the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse this Saturday, October 2nd at 11 am. We look forward to seeing you there!
“Nevada elected leaders determined to uphold women’s reproductive rights.” Las Vegas Sun story featuring Nicole Cannizzaro.
“Six open space properties receive names that honor Carson City, Washoe Tribe history.” Carson NOW story featuring Lisa Schuette.
“How 9/11 altered the lives of Muslims in Las Vegas.” Las Vegas Sun story featuring Fahima Khalaf.
“Fallon food producers, farmers offer feedback for federal funding.” Northern Nevada Business Weekly story featuring Kelli Kelly.
“DMV reviewing 33K records to determine driver’s license reinstatement eligibility.” Nevada Current story featuring Leisa Moseley.
Thank you to the generous sponsors of our 15th Annual Graduation Celebration! We could not do the important work of identifying, recruiting, and training women to run for office without your support.
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